One of the greatest feature in an Android smartphone is the Google Map service. This function is able to tell your current location, provide a full scale map of it, and even determine the most efficient route to reach a place, either via mobile transportation or by walking. Unfortunately, this service works with the GPS signal, which is obvious. If you’re currently having a poor GPS signal coverage, then we guarantee that the Google Map service won’t work at all.
So, what am i supposed to do? Well, there’s plenty of solution to fix this kind of problem. For installing some third party app or to flashing a custom ROM. All of these methods were retrieved from our guys at XDA forum, so you must thank them for that. Now, without any more delay, let’s check out the complete explanation.
System Update. Make sure that your android smartphone is currently running on the latest possible OS. Go to Settings and read the whole Software Updates section. The information will be displayed in some categories. PRL and profile must be updated with the latest software to guarantee that your GPS will work properly. If you’re happen to run on the old firmware, you can contact your local customer support or navigate to the carrier/manufacturer’s official web page and download the latest firmware.
Reflashing. If your handset is currently run on a custom ROM that based on different OS of your phone’s natural version of platform, then you can try to re-flash it. The moment after your handset running on the default OS, you have to navigate to Google Play and grab the MSL Reader. Once it is already installed in your handset, read the MSL code. Now, dial ##4772579# and enter your previously read MLS code. The method will help your phone to engage a better connection with the communication tower. When the process finish, you can install your custom ROM again.
GPS booster. The best way to get accurate reading from the GPS is by using a decent WiFi network. But, if you’re currently in a location without any of such connectivity, you can take advantage from the GPS Status & Toolbox app. This one will allow you to reset the connection between your handset with a communication tower. It should be able to fix the GPS problem. Please note that this method is only for temporary solution. If you’re looking for something permanent, we suggest you to try other methods.
Apps Check. See if your handset is currently running on series location-based applications like FourSquare, Google Maps, and Navigation. If your phone do so, then you should use the built-in android task manager to kill unnecessary process. Please note that it is very recommended to use a location based-app once at a time. It will bring you an optimal GPS performance.
CyanogenMod users. Are you one of the CyanogenMod fan? So, we are. The team is also noted something about GPS signal problem that often happen to an Android smartphone. They said that there’s a Google’s background service that interfere the GPS process. We are not quite sure what is that suppose to mean, but we decided to give it a try and the result is pretty much satisfying. All you have to do is mount the /system partition. Then navigate to /system/etc/gps.conf. Open this file using a text editor and delete any line that start with SUPL. Remember that this step is only work for CyanogenMod custom ROM user.
Well, that’s all we can tell you right now folks. If you think that we miss something from our explanation, please let us know. You are also free to ask anything here. Just use the comment box below to write down any of your thoughts or question that related to this topic. See you on the other story folks.tags: Android, Boost, GPS, signal